Todd Reirden behind the bench
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Pittsburgh Penguins announce firing of coach

Published May 3, 2024 at 12:34

When Kyle Dubas took over in Pittsburgh, many in the Penguins organization and fans aplenty hoped that he could help right the ship. However, as Maple Leafs fans know, Dubas was known to use a hands-on approach, and that was among the many reasons why the Mike Babcock situation materialized, and everyone remembers how that turned out.

Now in charge of the Pittsburgh Penguins, it seems like Dubas has another problem with a head coach whose philosophy doesn't align with his and it's causing a power struggle, which ultimately may force his proven head coach out the door, like assistant coach Todd Reirden.

It's certainly no secret that when someone is brought in to take over a team, there is a strong possibility that they'll want their own people around them, so letting go of Reirden isn't mind-blowing by any stretch of the imagination, but what could be next may be catastrophic to the franchise and a fanbase that has seen the Penguins through the highest of highs and the lowest of lows during the entirety of it's existence and over the last eighteen years.

Nonetheless, it will be an interesting off-season as rumblings of Sullivan moving on have surfaced in recent weeks and although there is no guarantee he will leave on his own accord, like Reirden, the ship may have sailed as his relationship with the franchise has soured.

Dubas has been looking to flex his muscles as previously discussed here:
Kyle Dubas' power trip
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Pittsburgh Penguins announce firing of coach

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